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Albondigas Estilo Mama - Meatballs Like Mama Makes

1/4 c Masa harina; mixed with 1/4 c Warm water
1 lb Ground beef
1 Garlic clove; minced
4 tb Lard or vegetable oil
3 Garlic cloves
1 tb Flour
2 qt Fresh homemade beef or chicken stock
1/4 c Chopped scallions; both the white and the green parts
1 lg Tomato; roasted, peeled, and chopped -; (If you are unable to find truly ripe tomatoes; add 4 tablespoons canned tomato sauce)
2 Anaheim or California long green chiles OR jalapenos; roasted, peeled, and chopped
3 tb Finely-chopped cilantro; leaves only
3 tb Chopped fresh mint; leaves only


Combine masa harina with warm water. Mix ground meat with prepared masa, salt, pepper, garlic. Make meatballs about 1-inch round, about the size of a walnut. Set aside. In medium saute pan heat 2 tablespoons lard or oil over medium heat. Add 1 whole garlic clove. Let cook for 20 seconds, press with back of a cooking spoon to release the flavor. Remove the garlic. Set aside. Brown the flour in the lard until dark golden color, about 1 minute. Heat stock in soup pot or large Dutch oven until warm and add flour mixture. Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer stock for 5 minutes. Taste and correct seasoning. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons lard or vegetable oil in large frying pan, add chopped scallion, tomato, chiles and the reserved 2 garlic cloves, minced, stir well to combine. Cook for 2 minutes and add to stock. Add cilantro and mint and simmer for another 5 minutes. Add the meatballs to the stock and simmer over low fire for 15 minutes or until done. This recipe yields about 45 mall meatballs.





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